Remembering Winifred E. Coleman, D.H.L., President Emerita

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Remembering Winifred E. Coleman, D.H.L., President Emerita

coleman.jpgThe University community sadly reports the passing of past President Emerita Winifred E. Coleman, who died on Friday morning, June 19, 2015 in Liverpool, NY.  A visionary leader, President Coleman led the University from 1991-2004, stewarding it through significant academic, cultural, and fiscal growth.

She guided the University through two successful capital campaigns, which resulted in the construction of the O'Connell Athletic Center, the Carol Autorino Center for the Arts and Humanities, and the School for Young Children at Beach Park, as well as expanded support for faculty development, student scholarships, the annual fund, and the endowment. 

Under President Coleman's leadership, the University enjoyed steady recognition from U.S. News & World Report as a Top Tier institution, as well as distinction by the NCAA and USA Today for having the highest graduation rate of scholar athletes among Division III institutions in the U.S. In short, President Coleman built a lasting legacy that positioned the University for success in the 21st century.

Prior to joining USJ, President Coleman served 14 years a dean of students at Cazenovia College, 10 years as dean of students at Trinity College in Washington D.C., and five years as executive director of the National Council of Catholic Women. She held a bachelor’s degree in English from Le Moyne College and master’s degree in Guidance and Student Personnel from Marquette University. President Coleman received honorary degrees from Le Moyne College (1993) and the University of Hartford (2004). Locally, she was honored by the Central Connecticut Celtic Cultural Committee, the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, and the Connecticut Valley Girl Scout Council. The Student Union at Cazenovia College is named in her honor, as is the lobby of USJ’s Bruyette Athenaeum.

President Coleman’s family will hold calling hours on Monday, June 22, 2015 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Edward Ryan Funeral Home, 3180 Bellevue Avenue, Syracuse, NY. A funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday (time to be announced). The University will also hold memorial Mass for alumni and friends in the fall semester.

To honor our late past president, the University of Saint Joseph is establishing the Winifred E. Coleman Memorial Fund, which will be used to fund a student scholarship, as well as a portrait to be hung at the University. Contributions to the Winfred E. Coleman Fund may be sent to the Office of Institutional Advancement, University of Saint Joseph, 1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT.

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